Rices bond together in opposition to Booker at councilman’s fundraiser

The Rices went on an anti-Booker tirade tonight at a fundraiser for Newark West Ward Councilman Ronald C. Rice – a likely 2014 candidate for mayor.

A month after Booker’s allies attempted to seat Shanique Speight to block John Sharpe James from the at-large council seat, the younger Rice threw his support behind James in the November 2013 special election.

Raucous applause ensued.

Grabbing the microphone to renewed claps, state Sen. Ronald L. Rice announced his intention to run for re-election – on or off the line.

Among those in the room in defiance of Booker was state Sen. Barbara Buono, (D-18), Metuchen, who’s already announced her gubernatorial bid as the mayor of New Jersey’s largest city mulls his own run.

Other 2013 mayoral candidates include North Ward Councilman Anibal Ramos and Seton Hall Law Professor Shavar Jeffries. South Ward Councilman Ras Baraka is also said to be in the mix.

"It’s not a political environment that’s particularly warm for incumbents, but it looks like Booker has little to be worried about as the campaign season draws to a close."
—Krista Jenkins, poll director and professor of political science, FDU.